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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submissions to Journal of Pragmatic Constructivism

Submissions to Journal of Pragmatic Constructivism are made using online submission.


Copyrights of third authors

Authors have cleared all permissions and copyright conflicts as described in the general policies of Journal of Pragmatic Constructivism.

Format requirements

Submitted manuscripts must be written in English. Authors must ensure that their work is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors.



  • The manuscript is electronically submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format
  • Paper format is A4 with 3cm margins on top and bottom, and 2cm margins left and right.


The title of the work is centered. The font is Times New Roman, 19 pt, bold.

Main text body

  • The normal text body is set in Times New Roman, 10pt.
  • The normal text body is single spaced. There are no additional spaces before or after paragraphs
  • Paragraphs are indented by 1.00 cm.
  • Emphasis can be added using italics. There should not be bold or underlined text.


  • Headings are consequently numbered using Arabic numerals. They are not ended by a point, so the numbering would be “1”, “1.1”, and “1.1.1”.
  • There are only three levels of headings.
    • Heading 1:
      • Font 14 pt
      • Bold
      • Line spacing: single
      • Indent: 0 cm
      • Hanging 0.75 cm
      • Space before paragraph: 12 pt
      • Space after paragraph: 6
    • Heading 2:
      • Font 12 pt
      • Bold, italic
      • Line spacing: single
      • Indent: 0 cm
      • Hanging 1.00 cm
      • Space before paragraph: 12 pt
      • Space after paragraph: 6 pt
    • Heading 3:
      •  Font 10 pt
      • Bold, italic
      • Line spacing: single
      • Indent: 0 cm
      • Hanging 1.25 cm
      • Space before paragraph: 12 pt
      • Space after paragraph: 6 pt


  • Footnotes are set in 10p using the Microsoft Word standard formatting. In the footnote, the text should be indented by 1 cm.
  • There are no endnotes. But authors may add an appendix.



Papers should range from 2,500 to 12,000 words including all figures, tables, appendixes, and references.

The abstract should not exceed 200 words.


Title page

The title page is composed using Microsoft Word. It contains the full name, email address, and affiliation of each contributing author. One of the authors is indicated to be the corresponding author. It also contains between 4 and 8 keywords. Authors can add acknowledgements. Authors must declare their source of funding and the role of the funder in the research process.


Figures and tables

  • Authors are responsible for the quality of the figures/tables submitted in the word file. For better readability, it is suggested to add “embedded objects” to the Word file instead of “images”.
  • Figure/tables need to be additionally submitted as separate files, such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Authors must refer to the included figures/tables in the text.
  • Figures and tables must be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals. Figures and tables have separate counts (i.e., there is a “Figure 1” and a “Table 1”).
  • Figures/tables are centered and must have meaningful captions above (aligned left). The font is 10 pt in bold. There is a line below the caption.
  • The reader must be able to interpret figures/tables on a stand-alone basis. Thus, figures/tables need to have legends and sufficient information to interpret them. These are placed in or underneath the table in italics. There is a line underneath the legend.
  • Figures/tables may be supplied in color for online publication. Yet, black and white is recommended as offprints will not be available in color.


References must be in Harvard style and carefully checked for correctness, so electronic crawlers like Google Scholar can establish references among Journal of Pragmatic Constructivism.

In-text publications need to be cited as

  • Red is a color (Brown and Smith, 2006: 500-501).
  • Brown and Smith (2006: 500) argue that red is a color.
  • Publications with 3 or more authors are always cited using “et al.”

References are formatted with a hanging indent of 1.00 cm.

The reference list at the end of the work follows the exact format of the Academy of Management Review. Please refer to the website of AMR for more information or use the standard setting in the software “Endnotes” to adhere to the style.

Also include the DOI of the text cited. Please note that not all electronic materials will have a DOI.  The DOI system is a fairly recent concept, so books and articles published prior to 2000 are less likely to have DOIs.

Examples of references:


Ryan, B., Scapens, R. W., & Theobald, M. 2002. Research Methods and Methodology in Finance and Accounting (2nd ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.


Book chapters

Nørreklit, H., Nørreklit, L., & Mitchell, F. 2007. Theoretical Conditions for Validity in Accounting Performance Measurement. In A. Neely (Ed.), Business Performance Measurement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Edited books

Nørreklit, H. (Ed.). (2017). A Philosophy of Management Accounting: A Pragmatic Constructivist Approach (1st ed.). Routledge.

Journal articles

Korhonen, T., Laine, T., & Suomala, P. (2013). Understanding performance measurement dynamism: a case study. Journal of Management & Governance, 17(1), 35-58.


This section contains articles for each issue. The policy of the section follws the submission guidelines.

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